You can’t avoid downtime when it comes to shared hosting, but you can be prepared for it. Understanding hosting downtime and the factors that can affect shared hosting is the perfect place to start. Downtime refers to having your website not up and running for a temporary period of time and no hosting provider can guarantee 100% availability.
The good news is that most reputable hosting providers can offer 99% uptime and you won’t have to worry about downtime very often. Here is a look at what you can expect with downtime from shared hosting from the different types to what exactly affects your downtime vs. uptime.
Different types of downtime
There are essentially two types of downtimes that you may experience at the basic level. The first one would be unplanned downtime which means that your site is down due to the shared web host for an unknown period of time, unexpectedly, due to a realm of possible reasons.
The other time would be planned downtime that occurs in a planned fashion where your web host would advise you in advance in order to make updates or offer routine maintenance to their hosting. You can be prepared for the temporary and scheduled downtime in this scenario since your web host would provide an advance alert notification.
Downtime that wasn’t planned could be a number of issues that causes your site to crash without warning. Sometimes this unplanned downtime was caused by hardware failure due to a software issue, a natural disaster, faulty components, or in some cases, human error. A reputable web host would inform you through social media or messaging what happened or updates on the situation.
What affects uptime?
On the reverse of downtime is uptime, the amount of time a serve is available, up and running. It means that servers have power and are connected to the internet. It also means your site should be responsive. Before you sign up with a host, you would want to check out their uptime statistics because the better reviews on uptime would mean a better situation for your site’s traffic. Downtime that occurs often could hinder sales and traffic.
A web host’s uptime would have a percentage which refers to the amount of time a website would be available. Choose a web host that has good reviews on uptime and emergency plans in place to deal with downtime. If uptime is at 99.9% then it could mean you’d only experience 1 hour of downtime a month at the most.
A 99.95% of uptime would mean 30 minutes of downtime a month at max while a 99.99% uptime should result in 5 minutes of downtime the month at the most. No one will have 100% uptime because something is always bound to happen from the power to human errors. Maintenance is not factored into uptime calculations.
The areas that can affect uptime is hardware configuration and software configuration. Hardware has an effect on speed, reliability, performance, and storage capacity. Software will have an effect on performance and speed with an influence on your website’s performance from the programming to the versions. Be sure to look for all of this when choosing a web host.
That’s a look at what to expect with downtime and what is normal from a shared host compared to what is a red flag.